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File photo | PM Narendra Modi talks to chief ministers on plan to tackle coronavirus | Narendramodi.in

Indian states can absorb diverse Covid response models, but Modi govt using one size for all

Modi govt's command and control approach puts India at risk of losing the advantages gifted by its size and federal constitutional structure.

Sick doctors, shut hospitals, no guidelines — a Wockhardt doctor on India’s Covid response

Authorities must resist shutting down hospitals with infected staff because each bed and healthcare worker is an essential resource in India’s battle against the pandemic.
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SC calls healthcare workers coronavirus warriors, sets up helpline to redress complaints

Healthcare workers can use the helpline for grievances such as salary cuts, delayed payment, non-availability of protective kits or eviction from rented accommodation.
A doctor wearing protective gear at Guwahati Medical College Hospital | Pitamber Newar | ANI

Dear Indians, don’t clap for doctors battling Covid-19 if you don’t want them as neighbours

Banging utensils to thank doctors is hypocritical if landlords are forcefully evicting them due to paranoia that they might spread Covid-19.
A Midwife speaks to young mother at a hospital | PTI

India’s healthcare delivery can improve if frontline workers are held accountable: Study

A World Bank, Duke University, UPenn study conducted across 120 gram panchayats in UP shows conducting public meetings can improve healthcare delivery.
Medical workers attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient in Hyderabad | PTI

At current rate, India can see 30,000 COVID-19 deaths by May, no hospital bed by June: Data

The response of various Indian states to COVID-19 will differ as the poorest states have the weakest capacity to deliver health services.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi | Photo: ANI

India’s lead time against coronavirus is fast eroding. We need more than Sainyam and Sankalp

February gave India a valuable lead time as no new cases were recorded while 5,000 cases were reported in over 60 countries, including South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Medics screen patients as part of a precautionary measure against novel coronavirus | Representational image | PTI Photo

As India reports highest increase in COVID-19 cases in a day, govt to admit all suspected patients

The government will now admit all suspected patients of COVID-19, unlike earlier where patients with travel history or contact history were considered for testing
File photo of women at work in India

Modi’s POSHAN Abhiyan unlikely to make India malnutrition-free by 2022: CSE report 

CSE report says that at the current rate of progress, it may take some states up to 100 years to fight various aspects of malnutrition. 
A pharmacy in Jammu

Don’t arrange hotels, sightseeing for doctors — Modi govt’s fresh warning to pharma firms

Latest warning from Department of Pharmaceuticals follows a conference of Indian Psychiatric Society in Kolkata. Companies told to adhere to ethics code.

On Camera

Pakistan PM Imran Khan with Narendra Modi

Few things tie Modi’s India and Imran’s Pakistan like their love-hate for foreign invasion

Be it Hindutva ideologues condemning the wicked foreign invader or Imran Khan hailing Turkish imperial rule, both want to reinforce that going forward means going backward.

Harsh Vardhan questions Delhi govt: Is Arvind Kejriwal failing in handling Covid-19 crisis?

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan Thursday raised concerns about rising Covid cases and low testing levels in Delhi.

Defence

Indian and Chinese soldiers during a military exercise in Meghalaya last year | Representational image | ANI

‘April status quo’ discussed as India, China generals hold 7-hour meeting over Ladakh

The formal meeting between the top military officers of India and China started around 11.30 am and is believed to have lasted until the evening.
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

Why Modi doesn’t feature in a list of India’s reformist prime ministers

Despite big ideas, Modi comes off poorly as a reformer, because his bureaucrats lack the motivation to push reforms and are beginning to enjoy unbridled power.